A year later, in 1934, across the pond in Great Britain, a banjo player and music book publisher named Emile Grimshaw began manufacturing guitars and other plectrum instruments. The Grimshaw brand, while rarely seen on these shores, was a respectable name in the U.K. until the early 1980s. They had a limited production, never reaching the levels of U.K. brands like Vox or Burns, but Grimshaw instruments were treasured, and found their way into the hands of pre-Beatles British rockers and English jazz cats.
In addition to fairly standard archtops and flat-tops, Grimshaw began making the Revelation model in the mid-1930s, which was strikingly similar to the Paramount Style “L” in many ways. Utilizing the double-bodied resonator guitar concept, the Revelation is basically a standard archtop guitar sporting a modest 16q" width at the lower bout, with a large hole cut into the back to allow sound reflections to hit the “resonator” backplate. The backplate was essentially the back half of a larger-bodied archtop (measuring a manly 18q" at the lower bout) with braces to mount the assembly to the guitar in front. Early versions had two screws holding the back on, but due to rattling problems, later models were glued on. The double-bodied resonator guitar was available in both archtop and flat-top versions, though both are extremely rare now.
While the double-bodied resonator guitar may have been louder than a regular archtop, in the late 1940s Grimshaw began making electric models of the Grimshaw Revelation, with their patented pickup hidden in the end of the fretboard. The guitar shown here is either from that era or an earlier guitar with an added pickup (there appears to be a pencil marking that says “1939” on the printed inside label, however the Grimshaw website points to this being a postwar guitar).
About the time this evolutionary dead-end was made, solidbody electrics were taking over California, and were about to dominate the world. Grimshaw would soon join the fray, and the era of the double-bodied resonator guitar would disappear into the London fog.
Somewhere Over the Rainbow with Bob Curiano (Nouveau) (WEB EXCLUSIVE)
Bergantino Audio Systems Releases the New B|Amp
Mitchell Guitars Unveils Their FB Series of Basses
Output Announces New Exhale Expansion - Indie Vocals
Native Instruments Introduces Symphony Essentials
This Week in Free Stuff: TR-626 Sounds; BandLab’s Cloud DAW
Mark Gray Synth Solo
How Charlie Christian Defined the Electric Guitar and the Guitar Hero Myth
Is Taylor Swift the New Eddie Van Halen?
Paul Gilbert: â€œWhy My String Gauges Are Changing All the Timeâ€
Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile Undergoing Surgery for Health Issues
Megadeth Invite Fans to Celebrate Beer Launch and Dave Mustaine's Birthday at Special Event
Whores Premiere New Song, "Metal Illness as a Mating Ritual"
Watch Metallica Cover the Clash and Jam with Neil Young
DR's New Veritas Electric Guitar Strings Now Shipping
Seven Contemporary Jazz Guitarists Worth Checking Out
Copyright ©2016 by NewBay Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 28 East 28th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016 T (212) 378-0400 F (212) 378-0470